Chocowinity man facing murder charge after deadly shooting

Published 11:45 am Tuesday, February 16, 2021

Beaufort County Sheriff’s investigators have charged James Carver, 56, of Chocowinity, with one open count of murder in the death of Connie Hunt.   

On Feb. 15 at approximately 3:30 p.m., deputies responded to an unknown incident at 1616 N.C. Highway 33 W in Chocowinity. When they arrived, they found Connie Hunt, 72, lying on the floor suffering from an apparent gunshot wound. Deputies attempted life saving measures but EMS personnel who responded to the scene pronounced Hunt dead. 

Sheriff’s investigators responded and began their investigation.  After processing the scene, collecting evidence, and conducting interviews of witnesses and James Carver himself, investigators learned Hunt was Carver’s ex-mother in law.  During an alleged altercation between the two, Hunt was shot. Carver was taken into custody on the scene. He is currently being held in the Beaufort County Detention Center under a $1,000,000 bond set by a judge during his first appearance in court on Feb. 16.